Santa Cruz County, California Population 2019

Santa Cruz County, California's estimated population is 275,105 with a growth rate of 0.15% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Santa Cruz County, California is the 25th largest county in California.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2018274,255-850-0.31%
2017275,1054030.15%
2016274,7029720.36%
2015273,7302,6950.99%
2014271,0352,0950.78%
2013268,9402,5240.95%
2012266,4161,5340.58%
2011264,8821,7150.65%
2010263,16733,43314.55%
1990229,73441,59322.11%
1980188,14164,35151.98%
1970123,79039,57146.99%
196084,21917,68526.58%
195066,53421,47747.67%
194045,0577,62420.37%
193037,43311,16442.50%
192026,2691290.49%
191026,1404,62821.51%
190021,5122,24211.63%
189019,2706,46850.52%
188012,8024,05946.43%
18708,7433,79976.84%
18604,9444,301668.90%
18506430.00%

How Many People Live in Santa Cruz County, California?

275,105

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White211,11677.26%
Some Other Race32,78612.00%
Two or More Races12,6224.62%
Asian12,5474.59%
Black or African American2,4240.89%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,5070.55%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2610.10%

Santa Cruz County, California Population Pyramid 2019

Santa Cruz County, California Median Age

37.3


Total

36.2


Male

38.6


Female

Santa Cruz County, California Adults

There are 218,916 adults, (38,885 of whom are seniors) in Santa Cruz County, California.

Santa Cruz County, California Age Dependency

51.8

Age Dependency Ratio

21.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Cruz County, California Sex Ratio

Female

137,609

50.36%

Male

135,654

49.64%

Santa Cruz County, California Households and Families

Santa Cruz County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Santa Cruz County, California Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.4%26.6%
All59.7%40.3%
Non Family48%52%
Male48%52%
Female42.3%57.7%

59.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All95,5362.7359.7
Married46,1433.4173.4
Non Family35,3581.5148
Female9,8743.5542.3
Male4,1613.5348

3.3

Average Family Size

2.73

Average Household Size

6.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Santa Cruz County, California Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,5038.73%
9th to 12th Grade8,6354.86%
High School Graduate27,59115.53%
Some College39,13822.03%
Associates Degree16,1539.09%
Bachelors Degree41,97123.63%
Graduate Degree28,63616.12%

Santa Cruz County, California Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White116,427112,93758,017
Hispanic47,81027,8885,958
Other Race17,2158,6551,127
Asian7,5217,0124,055
Multiple Races5,8865,3042,172
Black1,5501,394677
Native American997865353
Islander19518627

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.92%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,558$46,280$32,658
Less Than High School$21,708$24,961$17,204
High School Grad$29,289$32,160$24,891
Some College$38,695$45,238$30,908
Bachelors Degree$54,668$69,251$41,885
Graduate Degree$71,795$94,423$60,457

$40,558

Average Earnings

$46,280

Average Male

$32,658

Average Female

Santa Cruz County, California Language

Santa Cruz County, California Language by Age

Santa Cruz County, California Language

68.09% of Santa Cruz County, California residents speak only English, while 31.91% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.88% of the population.

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White153,96317,66811.48%
Hispanic87,73017,41519.85%
Other31,9505,88518.42%
Asian9,9091,90219.19%
Multiple11,9201,82415.30%
Black2,14150623.63%
Native1,38718012.98%
Islander2463715.04%

14.72%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.48%

Male Poverty Rate

15.94%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Cruz County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Cruz County, California is Black, with 23.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Cruz County, California is White, with 11.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.14%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School22.39%
High School15.01%
Some College10.32%
Bachelors or Greater5.43%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed29.95%
Male Unemployed28.20%
Female Employed11.06%
Male Employed7.86%

Santa Cruz County, California Income

Santa Cruz County, California Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$73,663$101,429
Families$90,531$118,415
Married Families$105,219$133,784
Non Families$44,524$66,821

Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status

Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status

Marriage Rates

44.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.8%

Male Marriage Rate

43.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Married by Age and Sex

Santa Cruz County, California Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status by Race

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans

10,817

Number of Veterans

10,264

Male Veterans

553

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,659
Korea1,274
First Gulf War1,123
Second Gulf War980
World War II797
Age Group Veterans
65 to 743,510
75+3,399
35 to 541,759
55 to 641,603
18 to 34546

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White9,8675.71%
Hispanic1,0521.68%
2 or More3734.36%
Asian3152.75%
Other1450.64%
Black693.34%
Indian413.70%
Hawaiian72.94%

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Education

7.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.25%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Employment Status

63.8%

Labor Force Participation

59.4%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

61.33%

Born in California

81.95%

Native Born

18.05%

Foreign Born

11.27%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

81.95% of Santa Cruz County, California residents were born in the United States, with 61.33% having been born in California. 11.27% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Population of Cities in Santa Cruz County, California

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Santa Cruz599486446545177.53%
Watsonville511995379625975.07%
Scotts Valley11581119283473.00%
Capitola9918101802622.64%
  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
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